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Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary:
The Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary is a unified trial judiciary composed of active duty and reserve military judges — and their support personnel — of the Navy and the Marine Corps who preside over courts-martial conducted worldwide.

Western Judicial Circuit:
The Western Judicial Circuit is one of six trial circuits that make up the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. The WJC is headed by the circuit military judge who is located at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and is responsible to the chief judge of the Navy-Marine Corps trial judiciary for docketing and detailing military judges to preside over courts-martial arising within the WJC area of responsibility. The WJC currently has 10 active duty Navy and Marine Corps military judges who are assigned to one of three judicial districts within the WJC. Each of WJC judicial districts is headed by a senior military judge. The three WJC judicial districts are the Northwest Judicial District, the Southwest Judicial District and the Sierra Judicial District. The geographic areas of responsibility are as follows:

Northwest Judicial District:
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Southwest Judicial District:
Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Colorado, and Utah (except those areas designated as within the Sierra District) Most of these are Navy cases.

Sierra Judicial District:
All Marine Corps bases, air stations, camps, depots and logistics bases within the Southwest District

Docketed cases can be found at:

A few Editor’s Notes:
· The fact that someone is charged with a crime does not mean he or she is guilty. While the names of those charged are made public, there is no public list that I am aware of that names those later cleared or found not guilty.

· Not every case listed on the docket is accompanied with charge or charges. The best answer I’ve received from the military is that this is due to staffing shortages or administrative clerks not getting the information in time.

· Unless otherwise noted – and I have never seen this noted – all court-martials are open to the public. E-mail me at if you want points of contact in order to attend a hearing.

Below is a sheet explaining the charging under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

Article 77 – Principals
Article 78 – Accessory after the fact
Article 79 – Conviction of lesser-included offenses
Article 80 – Attempts
Article 81 – Conspiracy
Article 82 – Solicitation
Article 83 – Fraudulent enlistment, appointment, or separation
Article 84 – Effecting unlawful enlistment, appointment, or separation
Article 85 – Desertion
Article 86 – Absence without leave (AWOL)
Article 87 – Missing movement
Article 88 – Contempt toward officials
Article 89 – Disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer
Article 90 – Assaulting or willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer
Article 91 – Insubordinate conduct toward warrant officer, noncommissioned officer or petty officer
Article 92 – Failure to obey order or regulation
Article 93 – Cruelty and maltreatment
Article 94 – Mutiny and sedition
Article 95 – Resistance, flight, breach of arrest, and escape
Article 96 – Releasing prisoner without proper authority
Article 97 – Unlawful detention
Article 98 – Noncompliance with procedural rules
Article 99 – Misbehavior before the enemy
Article 100 – Subordinate compelling surrender
Article 101 – Improper use of countersign
Article 102 – Forcing a safeguard
Article 103 – Captured or abandoned property
Article 104 – Aiding the enemy
Article 105 – Misconduct as a prisoner
Article 106 – Spies
Article 106a – Espionage
Article 107 – False official statements
Article 108 – Military property of the United States–sale, loss, damage, destruction, or wrongful disposition
Article 109 – Property other than military property of the United States–waste, spoilage or destruction
Article 110 – Improper hazarding of vessel
Article 111 -Drunken or reckless operation of vehicle, aircraft, or vessel
Article 112 – Drunk on duty
Article 112a – Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances
Article 113 – Misbehavior of sentinel or lookout
Article 114 – Dueling
Article 115 – Malingering
Article 116 – Riot or breach of peace
Article 117 – Provoking speeches or gestures
Article 118 – Murder
Article 119 – Manslaughter
Article 120 – Rape and carnal knowledge (for offenses committed before October 1, 2007)
Article 120 – Rape, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct.(For offenses committed on or after October 1, 2007)
Article 120a – Stalking
Article 121 – Larceny and wrongful appropriation
Article 122 – Robbery
Article 123 – Forgery
Article 123a – Making, drawing, or uttering check, draft, or order without sufficient funds
Article 124 – Maiming
Article 125 – Sodomy
Article 126 – Arson
Article 127 – Extortion
Article 128 – Assault
Article 129 – Burglary
Article 130 – Housebreaking
Article 131 – Perjury
Article 132 – Frauds against the United States
Article 133 – Conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman
Article 134 – General article

** Editor’s Note:  There is a plethora of charges that can fall under Article 134, but rarely is there an explanation on the docket. Here is the list that I was able to find.

Article 134-1- Abusing public animal
Article 134-2 – Adultery
Article 134-3 – Assault–indecent
Article 134-4 – Assault–with intent to commit murder, voluntary manslaughter, rape, robbery, sodomy, arson, burglary, or housebreaking
Article 134-5 – Bigamy
Article 134-6 – Bribery and graft
Article 134-7 – Burning with intent to defraud
Article 134-8 – Check, worthless, making and uttering–by dishonorably failing to maintain funds
Article 134-9 – Cohabitation, wrongful
Article 134-10 – Correctional custody–offenses against
Article 134-11 – Debt, dishonorably failing to pay
Article 134-12 – Disloyal statements
Article 134-13 – Disorderly conduct, drunkenness
Article 134-14 – Drinking liquor with prisoner
Article 134-15 – Drunk prisoner
Article 134-16 – Drunkenness — incapacitation for performance of duties through prior wrongful indulgence in intoxicating liquor or any drug
Article 134-17 – False or unauthorized pass offenses
Article 134-18 – False pretenses, obtaining services under
Article 134-19 – False swearing
Article 134-20 – Firearm, discharging — through negligence
Article 134-21 – Firearm, discharging — willfully, under such circumstances as to endanger human life
Article 134-22 – Fleeing scene of accident
Article 134-23 – Fraternization
Article 134-24 – Gambling with subordinate
Article 134-25 – Homicide, negligent
Article 134-1 – Impersonating a commissioned, warrant, noncommissioned, or petty officer, or an agent or official
Article 134-26 – Indecent acts or liberties with a child
Article 134-27 – Indecent exposure
Article 134-28 – Indecent language
Article 134-29 – Indecent acts with another
Article 134-30 – Jumping from vessel into the water
Article 134-31 – Kidnapping
Article 134-32 – Mail: taking, opening, secreting, destroying, or stealing
Article 134-33 – Mails: depositing or causing to be deposited obscene matters in
Article 134-34 – Misprision of serious offense
Article 134-35 – Obstructing justice
Article 134-36 – Wrongful interference with an adverse administrative proceeding
Article 134-37 – Pandering and prostitution
Article 134-38 – Parole, Violation of
Article 134-39 – Perjury: subornation of
Article 134-40 – Public record: altering, concealing, removing, mutilating, obliterating, or destroying
Article 134-41 – Quarantine: medical, breaking
Article 134-42 – Reckless Endangerment
Article 134-43 – Requesting commission of an offense
Article 134-44 – Restriction, breaking
Article 134-45 – Seizure: destruction, removal, or disposal of property to prevent ?
Article 134-46 – Self-injury without intent to avoid service
Article 134-47 – Sentinel or lookout: offenses against or by
Article 134-48 – Soliciting another to commit an offense
Article 134-49 – Stolen property: knowingly receiving, buying, concealing
Article 134-50 – Straggling
Article 134-51 – Testify: wrongful refusal
Article 134-52 – Threat or hoax: bomb
Article 134-53 – Threat, communicating
Article 134-54 – Unlawful entry
Article 134-55 – Weapon: concealed, carrying
Article 134-56 – Wearing unauthorized insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel button

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